• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Mtentu River Lodge
Mtentu River Lodge lies in an isolated part of the Wild Coast between Port St Johns and Port Shepstone.
(Addo Elephant Park,Wild Coast)

African Ubuntu
A laid-back backpackers located 100-metres from the beach a haven for the perfect Jbay experience.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Nelspruit Backpackers and safaris
Friendly and very relaxed backpackers in Nelspruit.
(Nelspruit,Mpumalanga)

Dhow Beach Resort
An exciting beach resort on a tropical island paradise with lots to do and fun to be had in the beach bar and restaurant.
(Jambiani,Zanzibar Island)

Malealea Lodge - Adventure and Pony Trek Centre
Malealea backpackers in Lesotho offers a real African experience, and the opportunity to go pony trekking in Lesotho.
(Bloemfontein,Lesotho)

Stellenbosch Travellers Lodge
This Stellenbosch backpackers is a favourite with big groups, churches and schools.
(Stellenbosch,Wine Region)

Island Vibe Backpackers
This wonderful Jeffreys Bay backpackers is perched on top of a dune with a magnificent 270° view of the Indian Ocean, Island Vibe’s setting is divine.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Paljas Backpackers
Student town = plenty of fun = why not stay?
(Potchefstroom,North West Province)

Acts Backpackers
Situated 15km from White River, Acts Backpackers is the ideal base to venture out for scenic drives to Blyde River Canyon, Sabie, Hazyview, Pilgrims Rest, and Graskop.
(White River,Mpumalanga)

Melville International Backpackers
This Backpackers is in Melville the vibrant and cultural hub of Jozi!
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)